Advisory Board
  •   Eric Horvitz

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    Dr. Eric Horvitz is a distinguished scientist and deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond. He has pursued theoretical and practical challenges with sensing, learning, and decision-making under uncertainty, with applications in human decision-making and in computational systems that perceive, learn, and reason. He has served as president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and is the immediate past president of the organization. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the AAAI. He received his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees at Stanford University.
  •   Eric Sievers

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    Founding Board Member. Eric Sievers, M.D. joined Seattle Genetics in July 2006 and was named Senior VP, Clinical Development in October 2013. Dr. Sievers is responsible for clinical development and life cycle management activities for ADCETRIS® (brentuximab vedotin), and many of the company’s clinical development programs. Previously, he served as VP, Clinical Affairs. Medical Director at Zymogenetics (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2010) supervising the oncology development of interleukin-21 and atacicept. He performed his training in pediatric hematology and oncology at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and served on the faculty of both institutions for more than a decade. His academic research focused on improving treatment outcomes for patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Dr. Sievers received both a B.A. in Biology and an M.D. from Brown University.
  •   Jim Olson

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    James M. Olson, MD, PhD, is attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). He is professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and adjunct professor of Pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and on the faculty in the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology, the Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, and the Center for Nanotechnology. He is a founder of Blaze Bioscience and Presage Biosciences, Inc.
  •   US Attorney's Office: District of Oregon

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    Amanda Marshall is the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. Her commission to serve as the United States Attorney for the District was signed by President Barack Obama on October 5, 2011, and she was sworn in as the United States Attorney on October 7, 2011. Amanda is committed to carrying out the mission of the United States Department of Justice including protecting Americans from terrorism and threats to national security, both foreign and domestic; combating violent crime; fighting financial fraud and protecting the country’s vulnerable populations — children, the elderly, hate crime victims, and victims of human trafficking and exploitation. In doing so, Amanda brings her passion and sixteen years of experience promoting safety for children and families in Oregon.
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    Adrian Brown works for the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Oregon. She will be soon working in Washington DC at the Executive Office of United States Attorneys, Office of Legal and Victim Programs as a National Program Coordinator for Civil Rights and Project Safe Childhood programs. She will be developing, implementing, and coordinating these programs to further bring the work of the U.S. Attorney Offices around the country and the main justice components together.
Board of Directors
  •   Nicole Jon Sievers

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    Nicole Jon Sievers, MSW, LCSW, is dedicated to advocacy and passionate for social justice. For more than 25 years, she has worked with youth and the systems serving them. She is celebrated for inspiring adolescents to summon courage, humility, and resilience. Her diverse roles have included counselor, school teacher, educational district consultant, Outward Bound instructor, and forensic consultant.

    Nicole drives initiatives. She brought Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to schools for collaborative problem-solving; she raised funds for peace concerts; she hosted dinners for humanitarian figures at her home, including a U.S. Presidential candidate; she even shared a dance with Mick Jagger onstage—once!
    Nicole recognized that peer-to-peer incentives are an unusually potent means of diminishing bullying behavior and started the Stand for Courage Foundation in 2011. The Foundation was honored with a “Visionary Award” from the American Psychological Association in 2014. The grant will support further research of program efficacy. Her extensive training, diverse experience, and unique vision have led to consultation and teaching on the public stage; her radio and television guest appearances have been aired locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Nicole is frequently invited to organizations and groups as a guest speaker, and was appointed by the Mayor of Seattle to the Music Commission in July, 2014. As a Seattle Music Commissioner, Nicole is a member of a diverse group of community, business, and industry leaders who guide Seattle's efforts to support, promote, expand, and encourage Seattle's vibrant culture of music. She also has been a contributor to many publications including books, magazines, and newspapers. Her first book, It's Your Mind: Own It!, was published in January of 2015. 

  •   Zak Burns

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    Zak Burns is an Emmy award winning radio talk show host and producer. Currently, he is co-host on a radio show at KXL, and works at KIRO Radio as a morning news producer.
  •   Terese Clark

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    Founding Board Member. Terese Clark is committed to empowering individuals and communities to lead meaningful lives.
    Clark has spent over three decades in the medical field, working as a business leader, consultant and educator.

    After spending over a decade practicing at a Level One Trauma Center, Clark combined her medical expertise and business acumen to found Nurses2Go, a medical consulting firm. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University and has been an active speaker at the American Senior Housing Association conferences. 

    An active philanthropist, Clark follows her passion for a just and equitable world. Her work serves a broad range of communities – notably youth, women and the elderly. She is active in fundraising for youth and combating sex slavery and trafficking.

    Clark serves on the Seattle University School of Nursing advisory Board. Clark is also proud to be an active member of Washington Women's Foundation. 

    A Seattle native, Clark is actively involved in public art works and urban regeneration of communities in Seattle.

    Clark enjoys outdoor activities in the Northwest, International travel and spending time with her family.
  •   Charles Cross

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    Charles R. Cross is a Seattle-based journalist and author. He was the Editor of The Rocket in Seattle for fifteen years (1986–2000) during the height of the Seattle music mania. He is also the founder of Backstreets Magazine, a periodical for fans of Bruce Springsteen. His 2001 biography o fKurt Cobain (Heavier Than Heaven) was winner of the 2002 ASCAP Award for Outstanding Biography.
  •   Dean Gardner

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    Dean Gardner is a senior international business executive with leadership roles in both finance and operations, with experience in agriculture, high technology manufacturing, technical services and wholesale distribution. Mr. Gardner has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as in several places across the USA. Mr. Gardner is currently the CEO for the Larson Fruit Company and the Valley Fruit Company; both members of the Sage Fruit marketing family in the Yakima Valley in Washington. Mr. Gardner holds a BBA in marketing and an MBA in finance, both from the University of Texas at Austin. 
  •   Sarah Gontijo

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    Sarah Gontijo is CEO and Founder of Hello-Hello, an innovative mobile language learning company. Sarah is committed to social justice through education providing high quality content that is accessible to all. Sarah is a licensed attorney and political consultant. Prior to founding Hello-Hello she managed high-profile political campaigns in Brazil. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Law from Faculdades Milton Campos and a Masters in Political Management from The George Washington University.
  •   Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

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    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is one of the top law firms serving the needs of businesses in the Pacific Northwest. The firm's attorneys provide a broad range of transaction and litigation services to many of the Northwest's leading companies, from Fortune 500 industry leaders to emerging and privately held businesses.

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    Kevin Kerstiens is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and SFCF Treasurer. He practices law in the areas of estate planning, taxation, with an emphasis on closely held business planning and succession; works in executive compensation planning; and was a certified public accountant in the State of Washington.
  •   Mary Horvitz

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    Mary Bettencourt Horvitz is the Founding director of the Art of Life Institute, a Seattle-Based non-profit organization centering on education, awareness, and decision making on health and wellbeing. She received an MBA degree from the University of Washington and, more recently, a certificate in Decision Education from Stanford University. She held positions at IBM before building her own businesses, where she served as president of Francisco Diamond Imports and the Diamond Broker of Los Altos, CA. Following the sale of her businesses, she has been active with providing support and guidance to non-profit organizations focusing on educational programs for children. 
  •   Diedre McCormack

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    As Executive Director, Deidre McCormack leads a staff of 11 and a program serving 325 students and alumni. Her primary responsibilities include major donor relations, strategy, board management and operations. She is responsible for raising $1.4 million in 2013. As Associate Director at this dynamic non-profit, Deidre managed program quality, staff development, grants and operations. As Deputy Director, Deidre oversaw operations and human resources for a staff of ten, led the after school program serving 200-350 students, organized the annual auction and managed the annual fundraising plan. YDEKC works to build and organize the field of youth development in King County, WA. We are 90+ youth development organizations working together to ensure quality programming for all of the youth in King County.
  •   Scott Ross

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    Scott W. Ross, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University and is a highly regarded presenter in local, national and international settings. Dr. Ross is a co-author of the Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Support (BP-PBS) curriculum and received the Research of the Year award in 2011 from the Association of Positive Behavior Supports. He also serves on the Utah state leadership team for the Utah Multi-Tiered Systems of Support initiative (UMTSS), working with school districts across the state to scale-up evidence-based practice. He coordinated the Effective Behavioral and Instructional Support Systems (EBISS) project out of the University of Oregon, where he worked with districts in their blending of Positive Behavioral and Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI). Dr. Ross teaches coursework in direct instruction, curriculum development, classroom and behavior management, coaching, and systems change. He has also published and reviewed extensively for education journals: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, School Psychology Quarterly, Teaching Exceptional Children, Education and Treatment of Children, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Special Education, and the Journal of Positive Behavior Support.
  •   Adam Waldman

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    Founding Board Member. Refinery Creative, LA, Owner, CEO; “Creative advertising for the entertainment industry.” Clients include AMC, Bravo, Dimension Films, Disney, Focus Features, Fox, Genius Products, HBO, Oxygen, Paramount, Sony, TNT, Universal, Warner Bros., and Weisnstein Co.
  •   Jonah Willihnganz

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    Dr. Jonah Willihnganz is a renowned scholar and professor at Stanford University. Most famous for his Standford Story Telling Project, Dr. Willihnganz imbues the student and reader with the humanity of the story. Recognized internationally, he has published widely. He is the Braden Lecturer in Narrative Art at Stanford University, teaching courses in creative writing, literature, and cultural studies. Dr. Willihnganz is a former Fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center. His writing has appeared in places like American Literary Review and The National Interest and sometimes tells stories live for the San Francisco Porchlight Storytelling Series. His latest piece, on Richard Wright’s first novel, Lawd Today!, appears in the collection Broadcasting Modernism.
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